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Winter- And Holiday-Inspired Icon Sets [Christmas Freebies]

Christmas is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with some free goodies? We sifted through the web (and our archives) to find holiday-themed icon sets for you that’ll give your creative projects some holiday flair. Perfect for Christmas cards, gift tags, last-minute wrapping paper, or whatever else you can think of.

All icons can be downloaded for free, but please consult their licenses or contact the creators before using them in commercial projects. Reselling a bundle is never cool, though. Have a happy holiday season!

For even more holiday spirit, you might also want to check out the following posts:

Christmas Joy Link

Roast turkey, gingerbread men, reindeer, and that comfy Christmas sweater that waits in the back of the closet to be dug out. With 110 icons in total, Anastasia Kolisnichenko’s Christmas icon set4 has everything a Christmas lover’s heart could ask for. The icons are available in AI, PSD, PNG, and EPS formats and you can customize stroke width, size, color, and shape to your liking. The license allows you to use the illustrations for anything you want – think postcards, posters, gift tags – also commercially.

Christmas Icons Set5

Designed by Anastasia Kolisnichenko6

Festive Christmas Link

Do you prefer a more minimalistic approach? Then George Neocleous’ festive Christmas icon set7 is for you. It includes 20 vector icons in EPS format, with both color and grayscale versions available. These are free to use without any restrictions in personal and commercial projects. Now, imagine that cute nutcracker on a Christmas card…

Festive Christmas Icon Pack8

Designed by George Neocleous9

Christmas Tales Link

With their storybook-like look, Manuela Langella’s icon set10 stirs those familiar warm feelings. In this set, you’ll find 24 icons in total. Among them, Langella has included some unique motifs, such as Santa stuck in a chimney, as well as the obligatory cookies and milk, and stockings hung by the fireplace. The icons come in six formats (AI, PSD, EPS, PDF, SVG, and PNG) and can be customized not only in size, color, and shape but, thanks to full layered Illustrator and Photoshop assets, also assembled in any way you like. Free to use for private and commercial projects.

Christmas Icon Set11

Designed by Manuela Langella1512

Advent Link

Another from the creative mind of Manuela Langella, is the Advent icon set13. It features 25 icons to celebrate the Advent season: decoration, food, and even Santa’s little helper is there to join the party. The download includes AI, EPS, SVG, PNG, and PDF formats that you can modify to your liking. A Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license allows you to use the set in private as well as commercial projects.

Christmas Icons14

Designed by Manuela Langella1512

Holiday Spirit Link

RocketTheme’s Christmas icon set16 shines with its love for detail: the little cracks in the gingerbread man, the bubbles on the milk, the chiffon bow wrapped around the present. There are ten icons in the set in total, all of which come as 256×256 PNGs. A Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License allows you to use them in both commercial and private projects, but please be sure to always credit the designer.

Christmas Icon Set17

Designed by RocketTheme18

Three-In-One Link

One set, three styles: IconEden’s three-in-one Christmas set19 comes in a realistic 3D style, a simple shape style, and a button style. The 39 icons are available in vector and pixel format and can be used freely both in private and commercial projects. Talk about versatility!

Christmas Icons20

Designed by IconEden21

Bold And Colorful Link

This fun and cartoonish icon set22 comes from Andrey Stelya. The fresh colors and the unusual way of applying them, by shifting the underlying color layer outside the line art, gives the icons a modern feel. The set includes twelve icons and comes in SVG and PNG (90×90) formats.

New Year Icons23

Designed by Andrey Stelya24

Sophisticated Line Art Link

Now this is a versatile set! Olha Filipenko created 78 icons in AI format with everything winter and holiday-themed25: sweets, snowflakes, candles, ornaments, even a cute little postage stamp. There are so many ways to use the minimalistic line art with a unique and sophisticated twist.

Christmas Icon Set26

Designed by Olha Filipenko27

Sweet Christmas Link

How about some Christmas cheer as sweet as the icing on the cookies? The icon set28 of Bangkok-based designer Sunbzy is striking with an unusual pastel color palette. The 20 icons can be downloaded for free as an AI file and are as in-demand as Grandma’s cookies!

Christmas Icons29

Designed by Sunbzy30

Outdoor Holidays Link

Explore the snowy mountains, take your friends skiing, or go ice-skating on the frosty lake with Benjamin Bely’s beautiful winter icon set31 that cherishes these outdoor winter moments. The bundle consists of twelve icons in AI format and can be downloaded for free. All the love of those chilly adventures from the warmth of your home.

Christmas Icon Set Outdoor32

Designed by Benjamin Bely33

Pixel Art Link

Pixel time! Anna Sereda’s and Maryan Ivasyk’s icon set34 looks as if it came straight out of a Christmas arcade game. There are 16 little pixel artworks in the bundle for you to use in personal and commercial projects. Available in AI, EPS, PSD, SVG, PNG, and JPEG formats.

Pixel Christmas Icon Set35

Designed by Anna Sereda36 and Maryan Ivasyk37

Christmas Magic Link

This fine small set38 comes from Dasha Ermolova. It includes four motifs – a snow globe, a stocking, a Christmas wreath, and a ball ornament. The EPS is free to download. This is minimalistic line art with a nifty touch.

Holiday Icons39

Designed by Dasha Ermolova40

Fresh Classics Link

With her Christmas icon set41, Magda Gogo gives classical motifs, like stockings, Christmas trees, and candy canes, a fresh makeover. There are eight icons in the bundle, and they come in both EPS and AI formats. True classics never go out of style.

Christmas Icons42

Designed by Magda Gogo43

Cute Winter Link

Another lovely set of flat illustrations44 comes from Vector4Free. The softly colored motifs range from snowflakes and stockings to a pipe-smoking hipster reindeer. 33 icons are available in AI, EPS, SVG, PSD, and PNG formats. The Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License allows you to use them for any purpose, including commercially as long as you give appropriate credit.

Christmas And Winter Icons45

Designed by Vector4Free46

Watercolor Leaves And Branches Link

Even though nature is sparse in winter in many parts of the world, there are little treasures you can find on your walk through the forest: pine cones, fir needles, acorns. To celebrate their beauty, Freepik released an icon set with watercolor leaves and branches47. They are available in AI and EPS formats and can be used for personal and commercial projects as long as you credit the designer.

Watercolor Set Leaves And Branches48

Designed by Freepik615849

Gingerbread Times Link

What would Christmas be without cookies? Anna Zhemchuzhina created a lovely little set of six gingerbread-inspired icons50 that look as if they came freshly baked out of the oven. Available as PSD, these icons look good enough to eat!

Gingerbread cookies51

Designed by Anna Zhemchuzhina52

Retro Joy Link

Spread the joy! Non-traditional colors and a playful design are at the base of Livi Po’s retro-inspired Christmas icon set53. The ten icons are available in AI format, and a wonderful new take on the truly retro past.

Retro Christmas Icon Set54

Designed by Livi Po55

Lovely Christmas Link

Ever dream of spending the holidays in a cabin in the woods? You go out to choose the Christmas tree, spend time sitting by the fireplace, and drink tea as you watch the snow fall. That’s the feeling that Freepik captures with their Lovely Christmas Icon Set56. Classic, calm Christmas colors and the choice of motifs bring some wintery flair to your designs. The 20 icons are available in EPS and AI and can be used for free in personal and commercial projects as long as you credit the designer.

Lovely Christmas Icon Set57

Designed by Freepik615849

Nostalgic Holidays Link

Also designed by the folks at Freepik, this cheerful set59 consists of 16 AI and EPS icons with a unique nostalgic ’50s charm. You can use them for free in both personal and commercial projects, but please remember to credit the designer.

Round Christmas Icons60

Designed by Freepik615849

Snow Flurries Link

Christmas and snow go together like bread and butter. To add a bit of those snow flurries to your projects, Teela Cunningham has hand-drawn a set of snowflakes62 and turned them into vector graphics. The download includes AI and EPS files for private use only.

Hand-Drawn Vector Snowflakes63

Designed by Teela Cunningham64

Ho Ho Ho! Link

James Oconnell’s Ho Ho Ho icon set65 features ten Christmasy line art icons with a nifty twist; some lines are dotted while others are highlighted with an accent color. The centerpiece of the set is a squiggly “Ho Ho Ho” framed by snowflakes. The icons are available in AI format and you’re free to use them as you please.

Ho Ho Ho Icons66

Designed by James Oconnell67

Classics Revisited Link

Another set that pairs minimalistic line art with some lovely details comes from Cvijovic Zarko. These twelve icons68 cover classical Christmas motifs (a present, a snowman, reindeer, a candle, a sleigh, and more) and are available in EPS format.

Christmas Icons69

Designed by Cvijovic Zarko70

New Year Celebration Link

In order to help kick-start the celebrations, here is a fantastic free Christmas and Winter-themed icon set to use in your own seasonal designs. With 27 color outlines, this New Year Celebration71 icon set has everything one could ask for. This will help you quickly design a holiday-themed UI, website, theme, or presentation.

New Year Celebration icon set72

Designed by Iconscout73

Holiday Flair Link

A versatile three-in-one set74 that can be used in both personal and commercial projects comes from the folks at IconShock. It includes 40 icons with everything you’ll need to add some holiday flair to your projects — think presents, candles, stockings, a snowman, and much more. The vectors come in three styles (line, flat and line with colors) and are 100% editable.

Christmas Winter Icons75

Designed by IconShock76

Geeky Christmas Link

Last but not least, to give the season of reindeer and Christmas elves a bit of a geeky glam, Tatiana Lapina designed 54 geeky Christmas vector graphics77. Among them, you’ll discover characters from Star Wars and famous computer games, geeky tech stuff, even a delivery drone to deliver the presents. The illustrations come in SVG, AI, EPS, PDF, and PNG formats and are free to use in personal and commercial projects.

Geeky Christmas78

Designed by Tatiana Lapina79

Did We Miss Anything? Link

Have you designed a free holiday icon set yourself? Is there perhaps that one set you keep using year after year? We’d love to hear about your favorites in the comments below!

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/11/christmas-wallpaper-calendars-2016
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/winter-wallpaper/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/beautiful-christmas-photoshop-tutorials/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/12/freebie-christmas-icons-illustrations/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2015/12/freebie-christmas-icons-illustrations/
  6. 6 https://www.behance.net/nastifunny
  7. 7 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/12/freebie-festive-christmas-icon-pack-20-eps-icons/
  8. 8 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/12/freebie-festive-christmas-icon-pack-20-eps-icons/
  9. 9 http://georgeneocleous.blogspot.com/
  10. 10 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/11/freebie-christmas-icon-set-ai-psd-eps-pdf-svg-png/
  11. 11 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/11/freebie-christmas-icon-set-ai-psd-eps-pdf-svg-png/
  12. 12 http://www.manuelalangella.com/
  13. 13 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/12/freebie-christmas-advent-icon-set-25-icons-ai-eps-svg-png-pdf/
  14. 14 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2016/12/freebie-christmas-advent-icon-set-25-icons-ai-eps-svg-png-pdf/
  15. 15 http://www.manuelalangella.com/
  16. 16 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/12/christmas-icon-set/
  17. 17 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2012/12/christmas-icon-set/
  18. 18 http://www.rockettheme.com/
  19. 19 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/12/free-smashing-christmas-icon-set/
  20. 20 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/12/free-smashing-christmas-icon-set/
  21. 21 http://www.iconeden.com/
  22. 22 https://dribbble.com/shots/2394012-New-Year-Icons-Set
  23. 23 https://dribbble.com/shots/2394012-New-Year-Icons-Set
  24. 24 https://dribbble.com/AndreyStelya
  25. 25 https://www.behance.net/gallery/31536231/Free-Christmas-icon-set
  26. 26 https://www.behance.net/gallery/31536231/Free-Christmas-icon-set
  27. 27 https://www.behance.net/hk12215
  28. 28 https://dribbble.com/shots/1854541--FREE-Christmas-Icons-2015
  29. 29 https://dribbble.com/shots/1854541--FREE-Christmas-Icons-2015
  30. 30 https://dribbble.com/sunbzy
  31. 31 https://dribbble.com/shots/2385456-Christmas-Icons-Freebie-1-3-Outdoor
  32. 32 https://dribbble.com/shots/2385456-Christmas-Icons-Freebie-1-3-Outdoor
  33. 33 https://dribbble.com/benbely
  34. 34 https://dribbble.com/shots/2404453-FREE-Pixel-Christmas-Vector-Icons
  35. 35 https://dribbble.com/shots/2404453-FREE-Pixel-Christmas-Vector-Icons
  36. 36 https://www.behance.net/Anna_leni
  37. 37 https://www.behance.net/sanone
  38. 38 https://dribbble.com/shots/1848615-Christmas-Icon-set
  39. 39 https://dribbble.com/shots/1848615-Christmas-Icon-set
  40. 40 https://dribbble.com/Thegreenhorse
  41. 41 https://dribbble.com/shots/2422520-Free-Christmas-Icons
  42. 42 https://dribbble.com/shots/2422520-Free-Christmas-Icons
  43. 43 https://dribbble.com/magdagogo
  44. 44 https://speckyboy.com/free-christmas-winter-icon-set/
  45. 45 https://speckyboy.com/free-christmas-winter-icon-set/
  46. 46 http://vector4free.com/
  47. 47 http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/watercolor-christmas-leafs-and-branches_819481.htm
  48. 48 http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/watercolor-christmas-leafs-and-branches_819481.htm
  49. 49 http://www.freepik.com
  50. 50 https://www.behance.net/gallery/31988847/Gingerbread-cookies-illustrations-%28-freebies%29
  51. 51 https://www.behance.net/gallery/31988847/Gingerbread-cookies-illustrations-%28-freebies%29
  52. 52 https://www.behance.net/Zhemchuzhina
  53. 53 https://dribbble.com/shots/2395581-Christmas-Icons-Set
  54. 54 https://dribbble.com/shots/2395581-Christmas-Icons-Set
  55. 55 https://dribbble.com/Livi
  56. 56 http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/lovely-christmas-icons_821344.htm
  57. 57 http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/lovely-christmas-icons_821344.htm
  58. 58 http://www.freepik.com
  59. 59
  60. 60
  61. 61 http://www.freepik.com
  62. 62 https://every-tuesday.com/8-free-hand-drawn-vector-snowflakes/
  63. 63 https://every-tuesday.com/8-free-hand-drawn-vector-snowflakes/
  64. 64 https://dribbble.com/TeelaC
  65. 65 https://dribbble.com/shots/3107164-Ho-Ho-Ho-Icons
  66. 66 https://dribbble.com/shots/3107164-Ho-Ho-Ho-Icons
  67. 67 https://dribbble.com/jamesp0p
  68. 68 https://dribbble.com/shots/2357450-Christmas-Icons-2015
  69. 69 https://dribbble.com/shots/2357450-Christmas-Icons-2015
  70. 70 https://dribbble.com/Cvijovic_Zarko
  71. 71 https://iconscout.com/icon-pack/new-year-celebration
  72. 72 https://iconscout.com/icon-pack/new-year-celebration
  73. 73 https://iconscout.com/
  74. 74 http://www.designshock.com/christmas-icons/
  75. 75 http://www.designshock.com/christmas-icons/
  76. 76 http://www.designshock.com/
  77. 77 http://tympanus.net/codrops/2016/12/08/freebie-geeky-christmas-vector-set-patterns/
  78. 78 http://tympanus.net/codrops/2016/12/08/freebie-geeky-christmas-vector-set-patterns/
  79. 79 https://dribbble.com/creativeveila

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  1. 1

    Tarun Mangukiya

    December 9, 2016 11:11 am

    Beauty 😍!
    Guess what! We’ve one more icon pack to add to list!!

    Flat Christmas Icon Pack by Jemis Mali 🎉
    Download now for FREE: https://iconscout.com/icon-pack/christmas

    Want more styles? Visit https://iconscout.com

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  2. 3

    Mary Iannotti

    December 9, 2016 4:09 pm

    These are much better than the icons at the big stock photo companies where we have to pay for use.

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